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Remittance Practices and Transnational Social Spaces of Tamils and Somalis in Norway

Author:

Sarvendra Tharmalingam

Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, NO
About Sarvendra

At the time of writing the article, the author was a research
fellow in the Research Program “Cultural Complexity in the New Norway” (CULCOM).

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Abstract

The aim of the article is to map the remittance practices of two war-torn migrant communities, Tamils and Somalis in Norway, by taking into account the motives behind and the purpose of the remittances. In an age of diaspora and transnational communities, where the lives of immigrants are organised beyond the boundaries of nation-states, remittance practices have been shaped by the transnational social spaces. This article takes the transnational social spaces suggested by Faist (2000a, b), namely transnational kinship groups, transnational circuits and transnational communities as its theoretical departure. Five categories of remittances are common among Tamils and Somalis living in Norway: family, politics, welfare, network and investment remittances. These categories have links with different types of transnational social spaces.
How to Cite: Tharmalingam, S., 2011. Remittance Practices and Transnational Social Spaces of Tamils and Somalis in Norway. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 1(3), pp.166–175. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/v10202-011-0017-x
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Published on 01 Dec 2011.
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